Dianna was inspired to paint while owning a restaurant in Puerto Rico 15 years ago. She has always loved to cook and created the entire Caribbean/Mexican menu. A woman who frequented her restaurant had a vacation home on the beach across the street from her restaurant. She happened to show her the oil paintings she had created of "The Natives of Saint Thomas", her permanent residence. They were spectacular and colorful paintings. Dianna mentioned that she would love to be a painter. The woman responded, "Why don't you try? She then gave her a website to order supplies and Dianna started painting with acrylics, teaching herself.
Dianna visited her friends in Sequim, WA, Jayne Walker, a very dear friend who she met in Australia and Dave Stitt, from Seattle, who happened to be an exceptional watercolorist. She took classes from his brother, Jerry Stitt, a well-known watercolorist from Seattle and member of The National Watercolor Society. He and his three brothers had their work in The Frye Art Museum in Seattle all at the same time. One of the brothers now creates labels for Fat Tire Beer Company. This family is incredibly talented. Dave became Dianna's mentor in watercolors for several years.
Since then, Dianna has owned her own Paint and Wine studio and also performed live art in South Lake Tahoe. She also lived in Alaska for several years and has always been intrigued by mountains and marine life, growing up in Ohio where these did not exist. She's always had a love for traveling and has experienced several interesting countries throughout Central and South America, Southeast Asia, Tasmania, Australia, Europe and The Caribbean. Since Dianna has resided in the Las Vegas area, she grew a love for painting desert scapes and several other subjects in a lot of black and white. Dianna paints with watercolors, acrylics and mixed media and has grown to love a particular style of paint pouring. As an art instructor, she is very passionate and compassionate as well.